MSC Sinfonia

MSC Sinfonia
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MSC Sinfonia cruise ship accidents, incidents and law news reports relate to a passenger vessel with IMO number 9210153, owned by the MSC Crociere line company (subsidiary of the MSC shipping company). Among the unfortunate events at sea are collisions, Norovirus illness outbreaks, crew and passenger incidents (deaths, injuries, crimes), machinery malfunctions.

Here you can also track MSC Sinfonia position at sea.using the AIS live ships tracker of VesselFinder. The 58,600-ton 2680-passenger MSC cruise ship Sinfonia (2004) was built as “MS European Stars” in 2002 by the Chantiers de l’Atlantique shipbuilding company in France.

MSC Sinfonia accidents & incidents

MSC Sinfonia accidents and incidents - Cruise MinusAt the MSC Sinfonia CruiseMinus page you will find a complete list of MSC Cruises Sinfonia ship’s major accidents and cruise incidents. Reports are made by our own staff using official data from major online news media sources, Wikipedia and Coast Guard reports.

Here we also post updates on MSC Sinfonia cruise law news. They are related to recent crimes being investigated. Among those could be arrests, filed lawsuits, charges and fines, grievances, settled /withdrawn legal actions, lost cases, etc.

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Pier collision accident

  • March 27, 2015, after leaving the Fincantieri’s Palermo shipyard (dry-dock refurbishment and refit/stretching), the vessel arrived in homeport Genoa Italy. While maneuvering for docking, it collided with the concrete pier (wharf), destroying an ~50 ft / 15 m long portion of it. No injuries were reported, and the vessel sustained only minor hull damages. During the incident, on board were only the crew and some of the MSC line’s management, including the CEO Onorato. The Mar 27 Inaugural cruise itinerary (leaving from Genoa roundtrip to Ajaccio Corsica, Barcelona and Marseille) was not affected.
  • Note: Actually, this type of marine accidents is called “allision” (striking a fixed object) as opposed to “collision” (striking another vessel).

Technical incidents

  • Note: Between 2002 and 2004, this cruise vessel served the Festival Cruises line under the name “MS European Stars”. In the MSC cruise fleet, it was introduced in 2005 (bought in July 2004). The same year it was joined by the MSC Armonia ship (former MS European Vision).
  • January 22, 2004, following the Festival Cruises bankruptcy, the European Stars ship with over 750 passengers on board was seized in Barcelona Spain. Two of the line’s other vessels were also impounded – MS European Vision (currently MSC Armonia) in Bridgetown Barbados (carrying over 1300 passengers) and MS Mistral (currently Costa neoRiviera) in Marseille France (carrying over 700 passengers).
  • January-March 2015, during its Palermo Sicily dry-dock stay, the MSC Cruises Sinfonia ship was stretched. An ~80 ft / 25 m long prefabricated middle-section was added. The refit resulted in an increased passenger capacity (new cabins), new shops, a Water Park with slides and waterfalls. Following the overhaul, the Sinfonia ship re-entered service on March 16, 2015. The list of other stretched (elongated) cruise ships includes the fleetmates MSC ArmoniaMSC LiricaMSC Opera, the Phoenix Reisen’s Albatros, the Royal Caribbean’s Enchantment of The Seas and the Fred Olsen ships Black WatchBalmoral, Boudicca, Braemar.

Crew & Passenger Death accidents

  • Fortunately, no such tragic accidents were officially reported so far.

Crew & Passenger incidents (injuries, crimes)

  • November 28, 2008, a male passenger (resident of Durban, South Africa) was arrested and accused of raping a female passenger (Anika Marks, from Gauteng, South Africa). The incident occurred on the ship (doing a 4-days roundtrip from Durban to call port Portuguese Island, Mozambique) while the vessel was in international waters. The woman testified she was dancing at the Pasha disco nightclub (on deck 12), then went to the outdoor smoking-allowed area. The man was there, they smoked and spoke. Then she went to the restroom, leaving her cigarettes and drink with him. When she returned, she smoked a cigarette offered by him and drank her drink (allegedly spiked). Soon the woman felt woozy, losing control of head and body. Next thing she remembered was walking down stairs with him following behind, then her cabin and him on top raping her. She slept ~2 hours after the assault. She confided the incident to a close friend, then reported it to the ship’s hotel manager. On December 18, 2011 (law news) the Durban’s Court ruled the man (Sindhu Bhogal, married, with a child) can’t be tried in South Africa since the alleged crime (sexual assault) was committed in international waters. Technically, only the ship’s flag-state Panama can prosecute him. Sadly, there are virtually no such cases of prosecutions of sexual crimes committed on Panama-flagged vessels while in international waters.
  • December  5-8, 2009, the ship was fully chartered for a “Miller Rock the Boat Party” themed 3-days long mini cruise from Durban (South Africa) to Mozambique. A South African news media reported numerous passenger complaints about the voyage being marked by the excessive behavior of some of the theme-booked passengers. The described events included debauchery on open decks areas, drunken revelry and vandalism (breaking and throwing chairs into the sea). According to the local MSC cruise booking agency, the over 2000 themed cruise passengers broke the ship’s bar sales records.
  • April 10, 2015, the Palma de Mallorca police arrested 2 female crew for series of robberies committed ashore (on the city’s promenade street) shortly before the ship’s departure. The women (aged 19 and 21, both of Italian origin) were caught stealing a bag in a nightclub, where the staff held them and called the police. The CCTV camera footage confirmed the theft. The women showed the police their hiding place where more stolen goods were found. Among those were an expensive tablet, several cell phones and credit cards, boutique clothes.

Norovirus cruise illness outbreaks

  • January 2009, the ship reported a Norovirus outbreak (gastrointestinal illness) affecting 380 passengers and crew. All sick suffered from Norovirus symptoms (severe vomiting, diarrhea, stomach cramps) and were quarantined to their cabins. The illness incident occurred on a 7-days South American cruise itinerary from Buenos Aires Argentina to Rio de Janeiro Brazil, also visiting ports in Uruguay. After docking in Rio, the conducted by the Brazilian health authorities inspection found some issues related to the outbreak, including lower chlorine volume in the onboard drinking water and inappropriate storage of food items. The conducted food analysis found traces of Escherichia coli (aka E.coli) in some raw meat samples. On the following reverse itinerary (Rio to Buenos Aires) another Norovirus outbreak infected 46 passengers (or ~3% of all).
  • Note: When the itinerary doesn’t include US cruise ports, the ship is not required to report to CDC, thus no official illness report would be issued.

MSC Sinfonia current position


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